Carshalton Athletic U18s

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FA Youth Cup

Jersey Bulls

Monday September 4, 2023, 7:00 pm

War Memorial Sports Ground

FA Youth Cup

Match Report

Jersey Bulls received a bye in the Extra Preliminary Round and now travelled to Carshalton Athletic who had returned from Arundel with a 4-3 win on “penalties” after a 2-2 draw three weeks ago. Carshalton’s first team play in the Isthmian Premier Division, two levels above Jersey, so it was a stiff test although Carshalton had lost both their two previous games, one league, one league cup, both at home, both 2-3.

The grandstand seating had been overhauled with the club’s initials picked out in white amongst the red and the far side had an interesting array of a dozen different flags from nations around the world on the flagpoles running the length of it.

Jersey had three players making their debuts, Tiago Duarte in goal, Callum, brother of Leighton, Gilroy on the right flank and Kyle Wilson on the bench. On a warm (19C) humid evening with the sun still streaming in from the Park End Jersey kicked off attacking the Park End on the hosts relatively new 3G pitch.

Carshalton took an early lead with a good curling strike from Gordon Amfo-Bromi but Jersey settled in to the match and created numerous chances of their own and their supporters were frustrated by their profligacy.

Just after the half hour Jersey had their best chance yet when Leighton Gilroy reached the byline and cut the ball back for his brother to finish but Faebien Witter, the Carshalton ‘keeper, managed to recover and make a scrambling save. Charlie Brennan also put a header just wide but at the interval Carshalton still led.

Manager Paul Renton brought on both his substitutes at half time with Joey O’Toole and Wilson replacing Casey Nixon and Leighton Gilroy respectively.

Jersey’s continued to dominate and their perseverance paid off with an equaliser on the hour when Conor O’Keeffe converted a cross from Callum Gilroy. They continued attacking as they looked for a winner as they did not want the lottery of “penalties” after three losses by that method in last season’s cup competitions.

With eighteen minutes of normal time remaining a free kick was awarded to Jersey twenty yards out on the left corner of the penalty box. Joey O’Toole stepped up and curled the ball in to the top right corner giving Witter little chance of saving it with the ball nestling in to the side netting.

It was now Carshalton’s turn to strive for the equaliser and Malik Mohamed hit Duarte’s right post with five minutes left. Both Tomas Goncalves and Conor O’Keeffe picked up late cautions as Jersey defended their lead for a notable victory.

Jersey will now “host” the winners of a Sussex battle between Eastbourne United and Whitehawk (Brighton) in a fortnight. The match will probably have to be played on the mainland as it is likely to be a midweek fixture.

Carshalton Athletic U18 1 (Gordon Amfo-Bromi 7); Jersey Bulls U18 2 (Conor O’Keeffe 59, Joey O’Toole 72)

Attendance – 75

Programme – No

Carshalton Athletic U18 – Faebien Witter, Mehdi Halib (wore 21), Nathanael Asuako-Ntim, Adam Ellis, Lee Johnson, Anthony Garland (c), Abu Massaquoi, Gordon Amfo-Bromi (wore 18), Tyreece Lewis, Nadir Mohamed, Morgan Griffith (wore 19)
Substitutes – 8. Lemar McBayne (for Massaquoi 53), 11. Kaine Barrett (not used), 12. Ben Matlock-Jeffrey (for Johnson 40), 13. Leo Buddle (sub GK) (not used), 17. Malik Mohamed (for Amfo-Bromi 65)

Red/Black/Red(Black tops); GK All Dull Yellow

Management – Zubair Amin (Manager), Steve MacIntosh (U18 Secretary)

Jersey Bulls – Tiago Duarte, Damon Huckerby, Fergus Boyle, Charlie Brennan (c), Tomas Goncalves, Connor Lloyd, Leighton Gilroy, Barry Beatson, Callum Gilroy, Conor O’Keeffe, Casey Nixon

Substitutes – 12. Joey O’Toole (for Nixon 46), 14. Kyle Wilson (for L.Gilroy 46), only two substitutes

White(Sky Blue & Pink trim)/Sky Blue(White sides)/White; GK All Dark Green

Paul Renton (Manager), John Lloyd (Physio.)

Carshalton Athletic (4-3-3 R to L) – 1: 4-5-21-3; 6-19-7; 9-10-18
Jersey Bulls (4-3-3 R to L) – 1; 2-6-5-3; 8-4-10; 11-9-7

Referee – Steven Kelly (Waltham Forest)

Assistants – Mary Talabi (Newham) on the dug outs side and Liam Broom (Hackney) on the grandstand side

Cautions – Morgan Griffith (CA) 58, Nadir Mohamed (CA) 62, Tomas Goncalves (JB) 85, Conor O’Keeffe (JB) 89

Corners – Carshalton Athletic U18 (x) x; Jersey Bulls U18 (x) x

Player of the Match – Charlie Brennan

Added Time – 2.10 & 4.10 (6.20)


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